“What’s the Color of Money?” & Other Interview Questions

10.8.2020 | “What’s the color of money?”

This is a question interviewers at PolyOne, a manufacturing company, ask financial candidates. How would you respond? The answer is not green.

This question helps determine if the candidate has a well-rounded view of the economy. The correct answer: It depends on the country.

Did Not See That Coming

Most candidates are prepared for the standard inquiries: Tell me about yourself. What’s your five-year plan? However, savvy employers veer from the expected script and ask a few did-not-see-that-coming questions. By doing so, they see how potential employees think on their feet and gain unique insights. It also may break the ice, improve the candidate experience, and differentiate your employer brand.

If you haven’t yet, work this type of question into your interview repertoire. If you already take this approach, refresh your list. After all, if you’ve been asking the same “unexpected” question for a while, it’s no longer unexpected.

Get Inspired

To help you get started, we’ve gathered the following examples of off-the-wall interview questions from well-known companies:

  • Explain the Internet to an 8-year-old in three sentences. – Microsoft
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, rate me as an interviewer. – Kraft Foods
  • If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors? – Apple
  • If you’re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up? – Dropbox
  • You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why? – Urban Outfitters


  • What song best describes your work ethic?
  • What advice would you give your former boss?
  • What do you want your title to be when you retire?

What will be your memorable question? Among the standards, one standout question could make a big difference for you and the candidate.

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